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With the news that they potentially will be without Rick Nash and Matt Puempel for a little while, the rangers have recalled forward Nicklas Jensen from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Jensen has a line of 8-7-15 in 21 games with the Pack.
The Jensen call up likely means one or both of Nash/Puempel are not expected to play tomorrow. Jensen looks to be in, and if both can’t go, then Josh Jooris will be in as well.
The injuries keep on mounting.
The Rangers have recalled forward Marek Hrivik. Hrivik has a line of 8-9-17 with the Wolf Pack this season, and is their leading scorer.
Hrivik has certainly earned the call up with his play. However this is likely a short term thing until Miller is healthy.
The Rangers have claimed forward Matt Puempel off waivers from the Ottawa Senators. The 2011 first round pick was waived by the Senators after not putting up a point in his 13 games thus far this season. Over 52 career games, Puempel has just four goals and two assists to his name.
Puempel is likely one of those “throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks” moves by Jeff Gorton as he and the Rangers try to deal with the slew of injuries that have done a number on their forward depth.
The 23-year-old forward is signed for this year making $900,000. Worth noting that the Rangers were 28th in the league in waiver priority. So 27 other teams passed on him, with just Chicago and Montreal behind them. At the worst, he’s a forward for Hartford. At the best, he’s a temporary stopgap until the forwards get healthy.
Both Josh Jooris (shoulder) and Chris Kreider (back) returned to practice today. Jooris has been out for about four weeks with a shoulder injury, while Kreider missed the last two games with what we assume to be continued neck spasms. Kreider has been medically cleared to play.
Since both are back, and Kreider is expected to be in the lineup tomorrow, Boo Nieves was returned to the Hartford Wolf Pack after his brief call up.
The Rangers have recalled forward Boo Nieves from the Hartford Wolf Pack. It is expected that the 2012 second round pick will play tomorrow night in Vancouver in place of the injured Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich. Oscar Lindberg will also play.
After an impressive preseason, Nieves was sent to Hartford where he has a line of 1-5-6 in 13 games. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s third on the team in scoring. The Wolf Pack are kind of bad right now, so it was a choice by the club to take either the highest scorer (Marek Hrivik), or the kid who might have a future with the Rangers. They chose the latter.
I’d expect Nieves to play in a top-nine role in Vancouver.
The long awaited Dylan McIlrath trade has happened, as the Rangers have sent the former first round pick to the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Steve Kampfer and a conditional 7th round pick. Many have waited for McIlrath to be on the move since before his demotion, as it has been clear that he has no future with this club as currently constructed.
In return, the Rangers are getting Kampfer, whom they actually traded to Florida two years ago after signing him as a free agent. Kampfer has actually played some significant minutes with the Panthers in years past, but has skated in just one game this year, likely as a result of an upgraded blue line in Sunrise.
McIlrath ends his Rangers career with a line of 2-2-4 in 38 games with 84 PIMs. This was overall bad management by the Rangers since 2010. It was a bad pick (given who was available), bad development, bad handling once in the NHL, and now a relatively bad trade for a spare part and a conditional late pick.
Update: McIlrath needs to play 41 more games this season, or else he becomes a UFA. This is likely the reason why there was no trade.
The Rangers have officially placed Dylan McIlrath on waivers. This move comes as no surprise, as Alain Vigneault has more or less stated he’s not going to play him. As the odd-man out on the now healthy blue line, the Rangers appear to have been unsuccessful in trying to trade him.
Personally, I don’t think McIlrath ever got a fair shake from AV. I think he could have been a serviceable bottom pairing guy. That said, he’s not going to be a top-four guy, and he’s not someone to really flip out over losing. It would have been nice had he made it, though.
The Rangers have apparently signed forward Justin Fontaine, and immediately placed him on waivers to send to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The news on both broke from one seemingly innocuous tweet from Elliotte Friedman, who stated that Fontaine was on waivers for the Rangers. Friedman is rarely wrong, but most immediately thought Gabriel Fontaine, 2016 draft pick.
In fact, it is Justin, who will go to Hartford to replace the now departed Nathan Gerbe. Gerbe has gone to Switzerland, and has been released from his contract with the Rangers. Fontaine will be that veteran presence among the forwards in Hartford. He will also play a scoring role with the club. My guess is that, given his relative success with Minnesota over the last few seasons, he will be the first injury call up in these next few weeks.
The Rangers have the same amount of contracts/forwards in the system. When Oscar Lindberg returns, one more forward will be sent to Hartford as well.
The Canadiens surprised a lot of people yesterday morning, placing defenseman Mark Barberio on waivers. The 26-year-old left handed defenseman put up a line of 2-8-10 in 30 games last season with the Habs, which falls just a bit short of a 30 point season over 82 games. But in the AHL he regular puts up 60 points per season. He appears to be the classic tweener, someone who excels in the AHL, but not in the NHL.
The scouting report on Barberio is what every team hopes to have on the blue line. He is a good skater, has great vision, makes a good first pass, and qualifies as the “new NHL puck mover” that teams are gravitating towards. On paper, he looks like a guy that should be given a shot, especially on a team that is woefully thin –even if the Rangers front office refuses to admit– on defense after Ryan McDonagh.
The Rangers have made another shrewd signing, inking free agent forward Brandon Pirri to a one-year deal worth $1.1 million, per Elliotte Friedman. Pirri is another low-key forward who has solid rate metrics, which suggest he could see an increase in production if given more time.
Pirri scored a whopping 22 goals in 49 games with Florida in 2014-2015 (with just two assists), and had that balance out a bit last year with a line of 14-15-29 with the Panthers and Ducks. The 25-year-old forward will likely be a bottom-six player with the Rangers, possibly insurance in case Pavel Buchnevich isn’t ready.
The Rangers have a lot of flexibility on the bottom six right now, something they didn’t have last year. In that regard, it’s been a solid offseason for Jeff Gorton. The depth the Rangers have is incredible.